Even for Sonsee, the 9-year-old Sheriff's Department bloodhound, the most important activity of the day was finding a shady spot and getting plenty of water and rest.
More than 300 Aliso Viejo residents, vendors and Orange County Sheriff Department officers braved another day of hot temperatures to participate in the National Night Out for Safety event at the Target Center in Aliso Viejo.
The family event was hosted by Aliso Viejo Police Services, Laguna Hills Police Services and Target to raise awareness about family safety, crime prevention and emergency preparedness.
Also on hand for the event were Mission Viejo Animal Care Services; the OCSD Traffic Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Helmet Safety divisions; City of Aliso Viejo Family Resource Center; Orange County Crime Lab and OC Health Care Agency; and the Orange County Fire Authority.
There was also free child ID forms, child face painting and free pizza from Peppino's and beverages.
However, the stars of the event were Sonsee, the youngest bloodhound to ever qualify for the Orange County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Bloodhound Team, and Luna, a Belgium Shepherd, who is used for narcotics detection.